Here is an e-mail I received from Idelle Davidson, co-author of a book about a subject we write about that is important to our fellow cancer survivors–chemo brain:
I just came across your blog and I think it’s terrific! I wanted to
introduce myself and let you know that I co-authored a book on the topic of
“chemo brain” with Dr. Dan Silverman, called, “Your Brain After Chemo: A
Practical Guide to Lifting the Fog and Getting Back Your Focus,” published
by Da Capo Lifelong Books. I am a journalist and breast cancer survivor and
Dan Silverman is head of neuronuclear imaging at UCLA and one of the
pioneering researchers in the field of cancer and cogniton.
As chemo brain is quite obviously an important topic on your blog, I was
hoping you would let your readers know about our book and invite them to
isit our book site at http://www.yourbrainafterchemo.com/. There you’ll find a
summary of the book, our bios, reviews and links to our interviews.
Please let me know if I can provide you with any other information.
Just from my quick read of some of your articles, I can see that you’ve been
through a great deal. My very best wishes to you and Pattie for your good
Here is what Idelle’s publisher has to say about the book:
Your Brain After Chemo is a groundbreaking guide to post-chemo brain, the cognitive impairment that often follows chemotherapy.
CHEMO AFTER EFFECTS Chemotherapy saves lives, but new studies—including research led by coauthor Dr. Dan Silverman—reveal that the agents used to kill cancer cells may also impair normal brain function. Even years after treatment, patients report problems with:
• Memory, concentration, attention
• Word retrieval
• Multitasking, affecting competence at home and at work
• Spatial orientation (poor sense of direction)
• Following the thread of conversations and fear others will notice
• Compounding depression or fatigue
“Task completion is where I am most affected cognitively. It’s as if the follow-through feature has been removed from my brain.” —J.
YOU’RE NOT ALONE If you’ve undergone chemotherapy, perhaps you’re among those who feel like you’ve lost your edge or that you’re no longer the person you once were. Until recently, oncologists often discounted or trivialized “chemo brain.” Now, assert Silverman and Idelle Davidson, there is plenty of evidence to the contrary; thankfully, you can rest assured that you’re not alone in feeling this way—and that you can do something about it.
“I would struggle with spelling words I had known forever. I would forget names, places, and conversations.” —Carol
TAKE CHARGE! Calling on cutting-edge scientific research and the inspiring stories of survivors (including Davidson’s own experiences with chemotherapy and its effects), this easy-to-read book will forever change how you think about your brain after chemo.
Perhaps most important, it offers much-needed strategies to improve memory and focus, and an invaluable nine-step program to help keep your brain sharp. Your Brain after Chemo gives you the coping skills to move on with your life.
We have not read the book, so we can’t personally recommend it. But our position is there needs to be more research done in an attempt to improve cancer patients and survivors quality of life. We wish Idelle and Dr. Silverman the best of luck! Thank you for helping raise awareness about this important topic.
Feel good and keep smiling! Pat & Pattie